Rebellion And R&B On A Washington County Farm | WYPR

Rebellion And R&B On A Washington County Farm

Feb 10, 2020

The Kennedy Farm is a National Historic Landmark property in rural Washington County, Maryland. It is where abolitionist John Brown planned and began his raid in 1859.
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One hundred sixty years ago this week, the abolitionist John Brown led a raid on the army arsenal at Harpers Ferry hoping to arm slaves who would rise in rebellion. We ask historian Martha Jones what drove Brown, and how history views him.

Then--author Ed Maliskas tells how the farm in Washington County was bought by the Black Elks fraternal organization and later drew crowds of young people for concerts by R&B giants. His book is, "John Brown to James Brown: The Little Farm where Liberty Budded, Blossomed and Boogied".

On Wednesday, Maliskas will be speaking and singing books in the African American Department of the Pratt’s Central Library. Details here. Original air date October 15, 2019.